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Johannesburg,Gauteng,South Africa

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Transnet Group Capital (TGC) is the engine for delivering Transnet’s infrastructure investment and is a critical enabler to Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS). It has direct delivery responsibility for some R110 billion, making it an integral part of South Africa’s transportation success. The TGC now has these opportunities available for the following engineering professionals to be based in any of the 4 regions (Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town).


Reporting to the Portfolio Manager, the successful candidate will:

  • Effectively manage the specific technical segment of engineering to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of engineering solutions for the execution of capital projects
  • Assume overall engineering responsibility for the scope, cost and schedule of projects being done in that specific technical segment
  • Assume final professional responsibility, in terms of the relevant acts, for the quality of the engineering of projects being done in that specific technical segment.



  • Professional registration with ECSA as either Pr Eng or Pr Tech Eng or with SACNSP as Pr SciNat 
  • At least 10 years’ applicable engineering and project management experience with infrastructure projects
  • Experience in the management of a team of professional engineering and project staff
  • In-depth technical knowledge and application of best practice in the specific engineering discipline for capital projects
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, town planning codes and by-laws
  • Knowledge of codes and standards for his/her profession and specific engineering discipline • Knowledge of environmental and quality management
  • Knowledge of application of diversified professional engineering concepts, theories and practices to achieve engineering objectives with versatility, judgement and perception
  • The ability to lead and motivate a team and “get things done” within tight timelines
  • Knowledge of CIDB standards and requirements
  • Knowledge of other inter-related engineering disciplines’ broad concepts
  • Knowledge of soil profiling to latest norms and codes, as well as rock logging to latest norms and codes
  • Knowledge of and experience in the use of the code of practice (latest) for the safety of persons working in small diameter shafts and test pits for geotechnical engineering purposes
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Time management skills, ie capable of meeting tight deadlines
  • Customer focus
  • Budget control skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Tenacity and drive
  • High ethics and integrity
  • The ability to work under pressure and on several projects simultaneously
  • Interpersonal and relationship management skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Report-writing skills
  • Conflict management skills
  • Strong commercial acumen
  • Drive and determination
  • Self-starter.


Key accountabilities:

  • Manage the specific technical segment of Engineering to ensure successful implementation of capital projects by, inter alia:
    • Planning the forward load for that segment by obtaining information about projects, and then staff, plan, organise, lead, coordinate and control the technical and administrative activities of that specific segment
    • Managing the manpower utilisation system for that segment by planning and resourcing available man-hours on the projects, monitoring time used/planned, and reporting on those to management and project managers
    • Managing the normal day-to-day segment issues, eg staff availability, movements and personal requirements, training and mentoring of the segment staff, cost centre management, etc
    • Providing leadership and facilitating the necessary mentorship and skills transfer within that specific technical segment
    • Managing and monitoring the engineering provided by that segment on projects through all phases (feasibilities, preliminary design, design and documentation and the QA on sites during the construction phase) and taking ultimate professional responsibility for such engineering in terms of the relevant Acts, viz Engineering Professions Act, OHS Act Construction Regulations, and the Railway Safety Regulator Act
    • Ensuring world-class, safe and fit-for-purpose railway infrastructure is established in support of Transnet’s objectives


  • Manage the Project Performance of engineering done in the specific technical segment of Engineering by:

  • Providing technical engineering inputs into the execution, feasibility, pre-feasibility and concept phases of projects that may be initiated as part of the long-term infrastructure investment schedule
  • Ensuring that the engineering designs and applications comply with all statutory, regulatory, safety, health and quality requirements whilst ensuring environmental and business sustainability
  • Performing in-depth design reviews of all design documents including constructability and HAZOP reviews and, as applicable, performing independent reviews of all safety critical designs
  • Signing off, as Pr Eng, Pr Tech Eng or Pr SciNat, those designs done by non-professionally registered personnel in that specific segment
  • Checking and approving technical engineering documentation prepared in that segment as part of procurement documentation before submission to the procurement department or the Project Manager
  • Providing inputs into and approving EPCM cost estimates for the engineering inputs into projects and ensuring proper management of such budgets
  • Identifying scope creeps and discussing problems with senior project managers
  • Ensuring that the system for Quality Management During the Construction Phase is effectively implemented and managed on all projects, to ensure the segment’s compliance with the relevant acts
  • Liaising with clients and contractors regarding aspects of projects as and when necessary
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with the client and external stakeholders at Senior/Executive level and actively assisting Senior Management on issues related to engineering service performance, including implementation of corrective actions


  • When required, provide own engineering inputs on such selected projects by:

  • Being the engineering lead on segment-only projects, as well as engineering manager on multidisciplinary projects (on a level in accordance with the individual’s qualification of either Engineer, Engineering Technologist or Engineering Geologist) and in terms of the outputs required of such roles
  • Identifying and planning work efforts, assigning responsibilities, establishing goals and monitoring the progress of the engineering design effort assigned to specific projects, such that the project objectives are achieved on schedule and within budget
  • Collaborating with the various Project Managers regarding the specification of design deliverables (eg drawings, specifications, design criteria, technical reports and technical adjudication of contracts) and the concomitant estimation of man-hours to provide same
  • Proactively recommending and implementing corrective strategies where needed to best meet Transnet’s overall project objectives
  • Creating and maintaining effective communication channels between project team members and operational divisions and ensuring coordination and cooperation between all stakeholders occurs
  • Reviewing project deliverables
  • Developing a project plan that is in line with the drawings and the outline of the work so that projects are done within the required quality standards, budget and time frames
  • Providing engineering inputs into feasibility type projects
  • Carrying out the required testing and commissioning of relevant projects to certify such project as “Safe for Operations”.


Preference will be given to suitably qualified applicants who are members of the designated groups in line with the Employment Equity Plan and targets of the organisation/operating division.

Interested applicants should forward completed Curricula Vitae to

The closing date for applications will be 27 October 2017. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that HR has received the application before this date.

Please note: Transnet, its employees or representatives will never solicit a fee from job seekers. Any such requests constitute fraud. Please report any suspicious activities in this regard to the Transnet anti-fraud line on 0800 003 056.
Transnet Group Capital (TGC) is the engine for delivering Transnet’s infrastructure investment and is a critical enabler to Transnet’s Market


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